Statements about State Budget
"I used my line-item veto authority to veto $360 million dollars in special interest spending, so that our budget this year ... is still smaller than the fiscal year 2008 and 2009 budgets signed by my predecessor."
Says "the money is in the budget" to give a tax break to "everyone," including people making more than $1 million.
Says state Sen. Paul Sarlo "said in February on NJTV, ‘there will be no tax increases in this budget’" and "voted the other night in the Senate Budget Committee to raise income taxes $800 million."
Says Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed budget is "the biggest spending budget in the history of the state of New Jersey. It is the largest in the nation at this point in time."
On transportation financing
Says "an unchecked Democratic Majority in Trenton" is responsible for "years of diversions" from the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund.
Says in the governor’s proposed budget "the use of that, what is called one-shots, is a 500 percent increase over the last Corzine budget."
Says "the governor took away a billion dollars of rebates, so in real dollars, our property taxes have gone up 20 percent."
Says "my plan is a property tax cut."
Says the proposed fiscal year 2013 budget "is still below the level of state spending when I took office."
Says pension contributions under Gov. Chris Christie would represent "75 percent of the total contribution made between the years 1995 and 2010. That's right, in 15 years, total state contribution was only $2.1 billion."
Says "we had to cut 13 billion dollars in state spending over two years."
"And by the way, when I was governor, I did make the payment into the pension fund."
Says "we’ve accomplished balancing two budgets without raising taxes. We’ve now created 60,000 new private-sector jobs. We’ve made government smaller."
Says "our unemployment insurance trust fund is broke. We're over a billion dollars in debt to the federal government."
"(Chris Christie) has not paid one dollar of state money into our pension system, and then states that the system is broke."
"You’re paying for...(state Sen. Diane Allen’s) health care, and she took yours away."
"New Jersey alone, my home state, is facing a ten-and-a-half billion dollar shortfall in its 2012 fiscal budget. This means more cuts in state and local spending for education, which means our kids are hurt."
"The proudest accomplishment (of my tenure) was leaving the state with a $1.2 billion surplus, which was the largest we’d ever had, and getting spending under control and a balanced budget."
Says Gov. Chris Christie "cut spending (by) $1 billion" and provided "$850 million in new education funding."
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